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Gray pitches strong seven innings in Quakes win

Quakes and Loons both get walk-off wins in the 10th inning

Josiah Gray
Josiah Gray
Steve Saenz ~ RC Quakes

All four full-season affiliates won on Friday. Both the Quakes and Loons had to rally to win in walk-off fashion in extra-innings. Also, the Pioneer League started play on Friday and Ogden opened their season with a big shutout win.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers beat the 5-4 the Isotopes (Rockies) at Albuquerque. Tony Gonsolin pitched four innings and struck out three. He gave up two runs and five hits. Justin Grimm pitched two innings in relief of Gonsolin and he got the win.

Zach Reks had three hits. Cameron Perkins and Rocky Gale each had two hits. Gale hit his first triple of the year.

Jaime Schultz gave up two runs in the ninth to tighten the score but Josh Sborz got the save by striking out the one batter he faced.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the Sod Poodles (Padres) 4-1 at Amarillo on Friday. Justin De Fratus pitched seven innings and he gave up one run and one hit.

Justin Sheffield pitched the ninth inning and he recorded his second save.

Cody Thomas and DJ Peters each homered. Josh Thole had three hits.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were unable to mount much offense but they were able to rally and walk-off with a 3-2 win over the Storm (Padres) in ten innings. Jeter Downs drove in Deacon Liput with the winning run after the Quakes had tied the game on a wild pitch.

The tenth inning offense was the opposite of the pitching duel between Josiah Gray and the Storm’s pitching staff. Gray was initially matched with one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, MacKenzie Gore.

Gore pitched four innings and he gave up a run and no hits. He struck out six and walked three. A pretty typical outstanding performance for the young left-handed pitcher.

Gray would match that and more. He pitched a season-high seven innings and he allowed one run and four hits. Gray struck out six and had no walks.

Logan Salow pitched two strong innings out of bullpen for the Quakes. He struck out four and gave up one hit. Max Gamboa would get the win for his one inning of work.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and Dragons (Reds) were tied 1-1 after nine innings. The Dragons would score twice in the top of the tenth. But the Loons, who had stranded several runners on base, would score three times, the last two on a walk-off two-run double by Jacob Amaya.

Niko Hulsizer tied the game at one with a ninth inning home run. The Loons had 11 hits but went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Hagenman pitched the final five innings for the Loons and got the win. He allowed two runs, two hits and struck out four.

Robinson Ortiz started for the Loons, he also pitched five innings. He gave up one run and two hits. Ortiz struck out eight and walked one.

Advanced Rookie Ogden

The Raptors had a great home opener as they shutout the Rockies 12-0 at Ogden. Kevin Malisheski started for the Raptors and he pitched six scoreless innings with two hits allowed. He also struck out four.

Justin Yurchak had a 4-for-4 debut in the Dodger organization. Yurchak was the player traded to the Dodgers for pitcher Manny Banuelos last November.

Sam McWilliams had three hits and three other Raptors, Andy Pages, Sauryn Lao and Jon Littell each had two hits.


  • Oklahoma City placed infielder Drew Jackson on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 11, 2019
  • Great Lakes placed left-handed pitcher John Rooney on the temporarily inactive list
  • Great Lakes activated catcher Gersel Pitre from the 7-day injured list

Friday scores

Oklahoma City 5, Albuquerque 4

Tulsa 4, Amarillo 1

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Lake Elsinore 2 (10)

Great Lakes 4, Dayton 3 (10)

Ogden 12, Grand Junction 0

Saturday schedule

4:05 pm PDT: Great Lakes (Jose Martinez) at Dayton (Connor Curlis)

5:05 pm: Tulsa (Edwin Uceta) at Amarillo (Adrian Morejon)

6:00 pm: Ogden (TBD) vs. Grand Junction [Rockies] (TBD)

6:05 pm: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) at El Paso [Padres] (TBD)

7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (Andre Jackson) vs. Lake Elsinore (Reiss Knehr)